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J. Richard Munro

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

J. Richard Munro spent a lot of time at Time. Rising from magazine circulation clerk to publisher of Sports Illustrated and later head of the video division at Time Inc., Mr. Munro helped launch the television empire that would become Time Warner.
Mr. Munro was born in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1931, joined the Marine Corps out of high school, was wounded in Korea and returned home after the war to attend Colgate University. Upon graduation, he latched onto a job with Time Inc. and never left.
By 1971, Mr. Munro had taken over the company’s video division, which included a smattering of cable holdings, including a nascent pay television service known as Home Box Office. Along with a young Gerald Levin, Mr. Munro persuaded Time Inc. to invest in HBO and launch the service nationwide via satellite. The rest, as they say, is history.